Cornus kousa 'Satomi' 016 Wm

Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’


It’s June. And Cornus time again. We’ve had Flaming June, with the weather at the beginning of the month deliciously warm, sunny and dry. And Flamin’ June when it all gave way, as so often happens these days, to bouts of heavy rain.


Rose 'Boscobel' 008 Wm


Rose ‘Boscobel’


The roses haven’t taken to it too kindly. Following the cooler than average Spring, the recent period of warmth brought rapid growth and an array of lovely fat buds. And then just as they were opening the rain came down. Finding something worthy of a photograph yesterday proved a disappointment as many of the blooms were either shedding petals or balling. Not to worry, maybe when the sun returns there will be more. I shall deadhead. It’s still early in the season after all.


Rose 'Hot Chocolate' 001 Wm


Rose ‘Hot Chocolate’

My latest acquisition. The bunny nibbled leaves are conveniently just out of shot. It’s pretty, but not quite as chocolate in tone as I’d envisaged. More ‘Lady In Red’ than ‘You Sexy Thing’.


Eryngium x zabelii 'Big Blue' 002 Wm


Eryngium x zabelii ‘Big Blue’

There are electric blues..


Peony 'Bowl of Beauty' 013 Wm


Peony ‘Bowl of Beauty’

..and shocking pinks.


Saxifraga 'Southside Seedling' 002 Wm


Saxifraga ‘Southside Seedling’

And many of a more delicate form and hue. It’s a balancing act. In a large space it is the bold and brassy that draw the eye and create those enviable drifts of colour. But those on a smaller scale pull equally on the heartstrings.


Saxifraga stolonifera 006 Wm


Saxifraga stolonifera spilling out from underneath an Acer


Magnolia sieboldii 004 Wm


Classic whites.. Magnolia sieboldii


Cornus kousa 'Wieting's Select' 012 Wm


Cornus kousa ‘Wieting’s Select’

Is it a coincidence that so many of the above also bear a touch of red?


Anemone 'Wild Swan' 001 Wm


Anemone ‘Wild Swan’


Astrantia 'Roma' 004 Wm


Astrantia ‘Roma’

Insects are drawn to the simpler blooms too. I love how the fly needed an extra petal for support.


Chives 004 Wm




Triteleia laxa 'Queen Fabiola' 002 Wm


Triteleia laxa ‘Queen Fabiola’


Have a very lovely June.


Hydrangea petiolaris 004 Wm


Hydrangea petiolaris


It will warm up again soon though won’t it? Otherwise we’ll all be in need of some extra bloomers..


Campanula 'Pantaloons' 002 Wm


Campanula ‘Pantaloons’


Bloomin' June

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Linking to Carol and Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day at May Dreams Gardens, where you will find a feast of June bloomers from around the world.


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